March 1, 2021 – Hachette Board Games Acquires Scorpion Masqué. After launching a board game division in 2019, Hachette has been making big moves. Picking up the French-Canadian distributor’s catalogue and operations is the latest in the string of synergistic steps to become a worldwide power house in the board game world. The publisher of games like Decrypto and Zombie Kidz Evolution made the announcment via their Facebook and assured that there team is staying together and will keep doing what they are doing.

The English translation of the facebook announcement from Scorpion Masqué is below:

A history page is written today for the Masked Scorpio.It is with great emotion that we announce that the Hachette Boardgames group now owns the brand and catalog Scorpion Masked.Rest assured, the whole team remains in place: Christian, Manuel, Hélène, Carl, Sébastien and Matthew are still in the game!The Masked Scorpio was at a crucial stage of its growth. With the success of recent years, the management and administration tasks have become heavier and it slowed down the development of our games. The arrival of the Hachette group helps to solve this problem.

On a more personal note, as a Grand Boubou, I will be able to devote myself only to my passion: game development… That’s why I created the Scorpio Masked after all. Our games will be even more pampered before landing on your tables. And this is very good news!


Hachette Livre, was founded as a book publisher in 1826 by Louis Hachette. The Hachette Livre Group is a constellation of publishers providing fiction and nonfiction, textbooks, travel guides, how-to books, children’s books, dictionaries, comic books and much more. Driven by a shared focus on quality, they comprise a whole that stands out among the major international publishing groups for its impressive variety.

Each of those houses flourishes by cultivating a unique identity, because independence, specific to publishing, breeds creativity. Publishers perform best when they are close to their markets, their authors and their readers.
This business philosophy translates easily into the board game market wherein 2019 Hachette Livre launched its board game division. Hachette Boardgames has brought together and partners with some of the top publishers in board games including Gigamic, Studio H, Funnyfox, Blackrock and others.


Founded in 2006, Scorpion Masqué is a Montreal board game publisher that offers games that are both simple and original: Zombie Kidz: Evolution, Decrypto, Stay Cool, Monster Chase, J’te gage que … / Bluff Party, Miss Poutine … Their games can be found in more than 20 languages, in over forty countries.

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